Death Duel of Mantis (1982)

  |  Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Hsiao Hai (Wa Chung Ting) works as a servant for wealthy businessman Tin Hai Lu (Fei Lung). Constantly bullied and abused in the marketplace, Hsiao finds himself taken under the personal ... See full summary »


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3 July 2005 | skunk-18
| A classic of the genre
One of the best of the old, poorly dubbed kung-fu flicks. In my opinion, it is right up there with the likes of "Shaolin vs. Lama" and "Shaolin Master Killer". Chicken fist is a very different style, which makes it interesting and the fight scenes are superbly choreographed. Don't expect a cinematic masterpiece, but if you are into this kind of movie you probably aren't in the first place. If its fast paced kung-fu action you are looking for I highly recommend you check it out.

Another feature of this movie that stands out from many other of its kind is that there aren't really clear cut lines between good and bad. Not until the very end do you find out who the 'good guys' really are. Its fun to pick a side (Chicken fist master or Mantis master) and route for them. The main character is trained in both styles and uses a fair mix of techniques. I have seen this move dozens of times and could watch it again just about any time.

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